Question of the Day: What Do Other Drivers Do to Drive You Crazy?
I was getting dinner with auto-journal colleague Mike Bumbeck. We were sitting in the left turn lane behind a minivan, about to turn onto a four lane street. The minivan is going slowly. It appears to be heading into the left most lane. OK, I think, I'll swing into the right lane and go around the lumbering kiddie carrier. Suddenly, from the left lane, the white blob cuts hard right, swinging in front of me and heading into the strip mall. "Crazy Ivan! Crazy Ivan!" Bumbeck shouts, referencing The Hunt For Red October. If you've forgotten, submarines can't look behind them– the propellers cause enough noise and disturbance to effectively create a sonar gap. Russian subs took to the practice of suddenly making sharp turns in order to look behind them. Bumbeck said he developed the term when he used to ride motorcycles. The good news? My car has great brakes. What driving habits really piss you off? [Look for former Car and Driver editor Stephan Wilkinson's feelings on the subject in an editorial tomorrow.]
Okay, Cupcake, you need to learn to share. Ditto to the other commenters' replies.
I just remembered another one: People who drive with their fog lights on in clear conditions or a very light rain. I have asked people why they do this and the most popular response is that they are "driving lights". The second most popular response is that they illuminate that 10-20 feet of road directly in front of the car that the headlights shine above. Of course, I inform them that even at 30 mph (44 fps), they cannot react fast enough to make that helpful.